Connect for Success

CEX update -Working together

Councils will continue to play vital roles in the lives of our communities and areas, whatever change national reform or financial challenge bring. Councils alone however cannot deliver everything their area needs. Working in partnership is becoming more and more important in making things happen.

Developing partnership working is one of the strands of our Connect for Success programme. The ‘One Council, One Place’ principle is about us working with others – from colleagues in different council services to partners or communities – to resolve issues and achieve results.

Here are just a couple of examples of that in practice.

  • Housing can be an issue in Argyll and Bute. Earlier in the year the council declared a housing emergency to raise this at a local and national level, and set out the actions the council can take. Others have a role in this too and in this week’s podcast I speak with the Chief Executive of ACHA (Argyll Community Housing Association), Michelle Mundie, about how ACHA is working to help address the housing emergency in Argyll and Bute.
  • Working with communities and partners, the council set up the pre loved school uniform scheme to help cut costs for families and support our work to develop climate-friendly ways of working and living.

Many of you are already involved in effective partnership working. It would be great to share what you find helps, share solutions you found to obstacles to partnership, or anything else that would be of use for others to know. I would love to hear any suggestions or examples at Please do get in touch. Thanks.

Wishing you all a great weekend,


Pippa Milne

Chief Executive